We all know that Buffalo and Western New York has a fantastic food scene – we’re a city of all trades, what can we say? From slick steak houses to poppin’ plant-based restaurants, there is so much to enjoy. But if you’re looking to enjoy everything the Buffalo food scene has to offer on the cheap, this guide will serve you well.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to come at a cost. And lucky for us, plenty of locally owned and operated restaurants and shops offer fresh and healthy options at the right price.
“Cheap” can mean something different to everyone, so for this guide we’re setting the bar at: healthy and affordable food options at around $12 or less per meal (emphasis on the less).
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1375 Hertel Ave, Buffalo / 4685 Transit Rd, Harris Hill
Balanced Body – a meal prep service – is a great option for affordable healthy meals with meal plans that allow you to choose the option that works best for you, giving you fresh healthy meals on hand and on the go. You can also purchase meal by meal if that’s more your speed – just stop by any of their locations.
893 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo / sunshineveganeats.com
This option is a fan-favorite Buffalo gem. Not only is this restaurant completely vegan, but their food is crafted with both nutrition and flavor in mind. Their community-based business makes this place that much better.
Multple Locations / freshcatchpoke.co
Unique and healthful are the words that come to mind when it comes to Fresh Catch. They serves up fresh and delicious poke bowls, with both vegan and gluten-free options. Their signature bowls run at around $11-12 and are packed with healthy ingredients and plenty of health benefits. If you’re looking for something easy and different -this is your spot. (Also super instagrammable-just an FYI.)
Multiple WNY Locations / feel-rite.com
If you’ve never ordered food from Feel Rite’s market, this is a must-try. Not only is Feel Rite a healthy grocery destination, but they also serve freshly made wraps, sandwiches, salads, and more with both vegan and gluten-free options in addition to organic fresh-squeezed juices. Items are super cheap but fresh and delicious, ranging from $6-8.
Multiple Locations / newburysalads.com
A cute local spot, with multiple locations, Newbury rarely disappoints. Their salad options are on point in addition to their homemade soup specials. They also have wraps and toast dishes available for around $8-10. This one is a great healthy lunch spot for an on-the-go option on the cheap. Pro-tip: check their locations and hours before visiting.
Multiple Locations / thelunchboxbuffalo.com
The Lunch Box is a local cafe and catering company specializing in fresh, straightforward, healthy food options. Their options range from breakfast in the morning to wraps, salads, and more into lunch time, priced around $6-8.
3670 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY / poppyseedrestaurant.com
This full service sit-down restaurant might have the best salads in town… or in the state… or in America. Offerings include huge salads, greek dishes, vegan-friendly options, and amazing wraps. This place gives you homestyle food with great healthy options at truly reasonable prices. While options on their menu start around $12, there are plenty of tasty dishes at that price point and worth every penny.
762 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo / theglobemarket.com
Another beloved spot on Elmwood, The Globe is a versatile option. They land on this list with their extensive list of salad, specialty sandwiches, and wrap options. It’s easy to grab something healthy and under $10 here.
650 Main St, East Aurora / homegrownwny.com
Focused on healthy meals and a healthy community, their salad and grain bowls come in around $12 and pack a punch with fresh ingredients and original pairings. They also serve wraps, toasts, smoothies and breakfast – all reasonably priced.
10. Squeeze Juicery
Multiple Locations / squeezejuicerybuffalo.com
Okay, so we know and love this one. It lands on our cheap and healthy list since let’s be real, their $7 smoothies are basically a meal. Well worth the price tag and still within our cheap range, each smoothie is packed with healthy ingredients and nutrients you’re probably looking for if you’ve landed on this guide. Not to mention their salads and wraps are everything.
1002 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo / ashkersbuffalo.com
An Elmwood staple, this juice bar has fresh-pressed juices and freshly made smoothies with all the options. Their juices are on the cheaper side at $6 per juice and come with a mason jar that you get to take home.
12. Feature Meals & Eatery
598 Main St, Buffalo / featureeatery.com
Feature meals gives us true city vibes at their downtown location. Expect super healthy options like roasted veggies and packed salads as well as smoothies and juices. This one is truly a healthy option and comes in around $10 a meal. They also offer tons of meal prep options.
13. Kornerstone Cafe
Multiple locations / kornerstonecafe.com
Serving cold-pressed juice and smoothies since 2016, Kornerstone Cafe and Juice Bar offers a wide variety of food & drink options. Their menu items are all natural with breakfast dishes, veggie-packed sandwiches, and unique smoothie bowls standing out on their menu.
Multiple Locations / welbeze.com
Slightly on the higher end of our cheap range, but definitely worth mentioning for the extensive list of fresh and healthy options. Juices, wraps, salads, you know the drill. Their creations are really unique and they are all about the fresh and real ingredients, plus the inside is adorable.
15. Green Eats
6445 W Quaker Street, Orchard Park / buffalogreeneats.com
Looking for $8 smoothie bowls, wellness juices, and more? Orchard Park’s self-proclaimed wellness kitchen has great options for an affordable healthy smoothie kick.
16. Prima Cafe
1 Buffalo St, Hamburg / primaoliva.com
This build-your-own salad and grain bowl cafe (born out of Prima Oliva, a local olive oil brand) offers such substantial meals at under $10. The customizations are endless (no seriously) and the end product is extremely satisfying.